Actress Stephanie Hsu blew audiences away in 2022 with her layered performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once. However, by comparison, the 33-year-old's approach to beauty is undeniably pared back.
In fact, in a recent interview with ELLE magazine Hsu revealed her routine is currently centred around four products and it's unlikely to expand anytime soon.
Her top four beauty essentials are decidedly practical; they paint a picture of a person who prefers to exert their energy in other avenues of their life. A stark contrast to the involved cryofacials and playful makeup looks she wears on the red carpet when working with long-time collaborator and makeup artist Allan Avendaño.
Stephanie Hsu's Top 4 Beauty Essentials
1/ Eye drops
"Right now, eye drops [are always in my handbag] —my eyes are so dry for some reason. Just chronically dry," Hsu said jokingly in the interview.
She told ELLE she always keeps Refresh Tears Plus ($4.99 from Chemist Warehouse) on hand to keep her peepers happy.
Try: Refresh Tears Plus ($4.99 from Chemist Warehouse)
2/ Evanhealy chapstick
"I love chapstick," she admitted. "Specifically, I can only use one chapstick and I don’t know if they know this, but I’m obsessed with Evanhealy chapstick. It’s like shea butter. And it’s the only thing that helps it when my lips are chapped."
Try: Evanhealy Whipped Shea Butter for Lips ($9.99 at Evanhealy)
3/ Hand balm
"I’m such an old little Asian lady, but I do love a little hand balm too. Especially in the wintertime," she dished to the publication.
She doesn't have a favourite though, admitting that she likes to experiment with different brands and even used to make her own. "But that’s not happening so much these days," she confessed.
4/ Joanna Czech's The Soothing Serum
"I’m not a huge beauty product person and anytime anyone asks me for advice, I’m like, 'serum is key,'" Hsu explained. "Serum is like the water that your skin drinks before it’s even ready for balm or moisturiser or face cream."
"I travel a lot, I like thinking about the seasons or where I’m traveling [to], and then trying to use things that are more local to different areas, because oftentimes that’s better for your skin, just because the things that are growing, wherever you are, are going to be the things that are going to support your body in the way that it needs," she shared.
Although she's open to trying new serums, Joanna Czech's The Soothing Serum ($520.91 at Net-A-Porter) is a mainstay in her routine when she's travelling. "I have had the great fortune of working a lot with Joanna Czech [and] she has a whole line that is amazing, but her serum is incredible," said Hsu.
Try: Joanna Czech The Soothing Serum ($520.91 at Net-A-Porter)
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.